I'm a self-proclaimed Marble Wh*re there's really no point in trying to hide this. I will practically lay down in traffic to convince a client to use marble. I spit nails at tradespeople who speak ill of this virtuous stone or try and instill fear of disaster in those who are considering using it. "It Stains..." "The Upkeep is monumental..." yada yada yada. To these evilmongers I say - ROME. GREECE. Built entirely out of it and mostly still standing. Staining - laminate stains laminate also burns I can attest to from personal experience. Granite - water spots and don't even talk to me about what toothpaste does to granite.
In a word it is all a bunch of PHOOEY.
Does marble mark - yup. It does. Everything does - in Toronto our water isn't the softest of waters and spots and marks are common place. I have way more water related marks on my marble countertops than I do red wine stains and I am the QUEEN of spilling (punting, chucking, heaving) red wine into places yet to be discovered. I have all of zero red wine stains on my counter. My son drinks Ribena - black current concentrate. It leaks and dribbles everywhere. I have entire rings of ribena that I find on my counters - all washes up and not a single stain. Acidic fruits and tobassco etch the counter as does butter we've discovered - these are the spots that annoy me the most on my own counters but hey, they are white and my counters are ummm white and well it's all really patina isn't it?
If you want a forgiving stone countertop - consider honed slabs. Honed counters are the more forgiving as you don't see the marks, etches or scratches that you do in their polished counterparts. Some slabs come leathered, which again adds some dimension and texture. I usually suggest that clients look at Quartzite if they want strength. Brazillian or Calacutta Quartzite similar to my beloved Super White (which is actually Grey and not much white) are divine. Quartzite is stronger than Granite but looks like marble.
We chose slabs for our #Inglewood project the other day - stone slabs, much like area rugs are always a surprise to me. I never end up with the one I think we will select in the warehouse/showroom when it comes to the house itself. I love that. It's great to find something that you didn't anticipate and fall wildly in love with it. So much more interesting that way. Ready for a lil slab love here?